Socio-Economic Development Strategies and Challenges in Iran

Bilingual Lecture Series

Socio-Economic Development Strategies and Challenges in Iran

Panel with Azam Khatam (York University), Kevan Harris (UCLA), and Kaveh Ehsani (DePaul University)

Monday, February 1, 2021
3:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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This panel will include Dr. Khatam’s discussion of Tehran’s urban reforms before and after the revolution, focusing on developmentalism, worlding, and neoliberalism; Professor Ehsani’s studies on the genealogy of large scale development projects in Iran (railroad, steel, dams, sugar cane, nuclear), evaluating the paradoxical role played by a number of historical massive and costly major development projects that have symbolized Iranian state's attempts at modernization; and Professor Harris’s expertise on the welfare policies in Iran, centering on class and social mobility in Iran both before and after 1979.

Azam Khatam is a Research Affiliate at The City Institute, York University. She completed her PhD in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in 2015. Dr. Khatam has previously worked as an urban planner and sociologist in Tehran in the 1990s and 2000s. Her research focuses on the transformation of Tehran under the mayorships of Karbaschi (1989-98) and Ghalibaf (2005-2017).

Kaveh Ehsani is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at DePaul University. He is the co-editor of Working for Oil: Social Histories of Labor in the Global Oil Industry (2018, Palgrave), and Social History of Labor in the Iranian Oil Industry (1908-1941) (2020, Shirazeh Publishers in Persian). His current research focuses on the political economy and geopolitics of post-revolution Iran.

Kevan Harris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. He is a historical sociologist studying development and social change in the global South. His first book, A Social Revolution: Politics and the Welfare State in Iran, is published in English by University of California Press and in Persian translation by Shirazeh Press.

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Iranian Studies, the Amuzegar Chair in Iranian Studies, the Musa Sabi Term Chair of Iranian Studies